Neighborhood Revitalization Plan
HEYER, GRUEL & ASSOCIATES was
retained by the Elizabeth Development Company
(EDC) to prepare a Neighborhood Revitalization
Plan for the City of Elizabeth's oldest
and most racially and ethnically diverse
area, Elizabethport. A neighborhood that
had seen many years of decline, Elizabethport
is now experiencing a boom in construction
of infill housing and development of scattered
The Elizabethport Plan was the second plan
in New Jersey to receive the highly competitive
Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program
(NTRC) from the State. The designation provides
the opportunity for EDC and its partners
to receive up to $1 million in grants annually
for the next five years. An award of a $156,000
tax credit grant from PNC Bank has already
occurred as a result of the Plan.
The Plan "moves beyond bricks and mortar
to deal with needed social programming and
community building in the neighborhood".
Working closely with neighborhood residents,
local non-profits, local merchants and the
City, the Plan focuses on community development
and establishes solid implementation strategies
that guide and expand upon the current development
activity within the neighborhood.
Key concepts include:
A vision that fits the
realities of the port area.
Targeting appropriate development
both along the waterfront and within
the neighborhood utilizing brownfields
and vacant and under-utilized lots.
Market-rate and affordable
Economic development through
land use and establishment of needed
retail services within the neighborhood.
Expanded community amenities
and social programming.
for the upkeep of individual properties
and the shaping of public spaces.